Guardian says Chinese child should stay with American couple

A court-appointed guardian in Memphis says a 5-year-old Chinese girl should remain with the American couple who raised her from infancy. The girl is at the center of a custody fight between Jerry and Louise Baker and the child's biological parents, Shaoqiang and Qin He. The Bakers are trying to adopt the girl over the objections of her biological parents. Kim Mullins, a guardian appointed by the court to look after the girl's interest, testified in Memphis today that she has bonded with the Bakers and is now part of their family. The Hes put their child in foster care in 1999 because of legal and financial hardships. They have been trying to get her back for the past four years. The Bakers are in court trying to terminate the Hes' parental rights.

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